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First Google Pixel 8 leaks reveal major camera upgrade

Pixel smartphones were among the first to feature HDR+ photography. According to new reports, the Pixel 8 series goes one step further.
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Google Pixel smartphones were among the first to support HDR+ photography. According to new reports, the company plans to go one step further with the Pixel 8 series. According to developer Kuba Wojciechowski, the source code in the Google Camera Go app reveals that the next line of Pixels will feature staggered HDR. This allows the camera sensors to record different exposures at the same time with the same pixels.

Google currently uses ISOCELL GN1 sensors in the Pixel 7 series, but Samsung’s camera chip doesn’t support staggered HDR. The Pixel 8 phones are likely to get the new ISOCELL GN2 sensor, which will bring the latest advances in high dynamic range mobile photography. Staggered HDR has a significant advantage over normal HDR – the images are captured in a significantly shorter time. This reduces the risk of blurring because the device does not move during the recording.

The Go app source code also revealed a device internally named the Pixel Tangor Pro, which is essentially a Pro version of a Pixel tablet. Google hasn’t launched a Pixel tablet yet. Now we might even get two devices instead of one.


Mats Hellqvist
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